Rehearsal Venue / Times
Warehouse Waterloo and performance venue, 2 eve rehearsals and one all day, plus on-day and concert
The aim of the orchestra is to play highly satisfying, top-notch concerts to raise money for small scale, international humanitarian projects. The band is made up of top amateurs, semi and full pros, no-one is paid.
Robert Mason and Brian Cox
Monday evenings from 8pm - 10.15pm in Upper Norwood SE19
Please contact us to find out about current vacancies.
All Saints Community Centre, 44 All Saints Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1BX. Every Friday at 6.30 - 8.00 pm
Graham Goulbourne 07881 362677
A small friendly group looking for any string string players of all ages. All abilities catered for to play a mixture of classical and popular string music.
Meets three times a year for intensive sessions.
Training orchestra for music students.
Edouard Alexandre Wood
London Zone 1, St Botolph's-without-Aldersgate, a 2 min walk from St. Paul's tube. Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.45pm
Aiming to become one of London's leading amateur orchestras
Wednesdays at 7.30pm in St. Silas with All Saints, Rising Hill St. (off Penton Street) N1
We are a friendly amateur orchestra being led by professional conductor and leader. We welcome interest from all instruments but particularly strings. We perform 3 concerts a year and rehearsals take the form of sectionals alongside full orchestral rehearsals.
St Matthew's Church, Church Road, Ashford, Middx. Fortnightly on Monday evenings
Philip Buckmaster 01932 783343
Enthusiastic players wanted! Modern instruments accepted. We play music from c.1575-c.1775. Grade 8+ standard. Please visit our web site for more details and sound clips.
Tuesdays in term time, 7.30 to 9pm at St Matthew's Church, Church Road, Ashford, Middlesex
Janet Husband (Secretary) 01784 241027.
Players of all standards welcome, especially string players. Ideal for newcomers to orchestral playing.
Tuesdays at 7.20 pm, St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, Clifden Road, Twickenham TW1 4LT
If you are a woodwind, brass or percussion player to Grade 7 or above, we would love to hear from you. We are a diverse bunch with a shared passion to create great music, from Mozart to Gershwin, from classics to TV themes. We play around six concerts a year around SW London.
Wednesday evening between 7:45 and 10:00pm at East Barnet School, 5 Chestnut Grove, East Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN4 8PU
Ian Merryweather 020 8347-9208
A community Wind Band who meet and play in the Barnet area. Playing enquiries always welcome.
Hendon School, Golders Rise, NW4, 19:45 - 22:00 Mondays
Very friendly, thriving orchestra seeks keen musicians! We rehearse term time Mondays and play 3 concerts a year. There's plenty of variety in our concert programmes to interest everyone. Please get in touch to find out more - we welcome all enquiries, particularly string players.
Darragh Morgan and Robin Michael
7 times a term on Monday evenings in Limehouse
A small, friendly, enthusiastic chamber orchestra for grade 6ish plus, meeting 7 times a term. This is a coached ensemble with excellent and entertaining tuition from professional musicians leading to an informal concert on the last Monday. All modern instruments, all baroque repertoire, suggestions encouraged from players. Come and join us!
Guy WR Jones
Saturday or Sunday 11am-4pm approximately every 2 months, E2
We are an orchestra. We sometimes play music written by living humans. We think basements have great acoustics. We clap when we want. We need you.
Tuesdays 8 -10 pm St Barnabas Church Hall, Oakhill Road, Beckenham
A friendly band performing regularly in South London and the South Coast. All players welcome, particularly Horns, Tubas, Bassoon, Drums and percussion.
Various guest directors
Susan Cooksley 07711 666270
We play on period instruments and perform three concerts a year as well as have three workshops with leading baroque specialists every year. Players don't necessarily need to be hugely experienced in baroque playing, but do need to be of a high standard. We welcome new players.
Tuesday 7.30 to 9.30 pm, term time only
Bird College Office 020 8302 1456
A fun and sociable group for adults of any age. Ability is not a priority in the Bexley Band - participation is the key. Adult beginners can be catered for with adapted parts. This band really enjoys performing. Please contact Bird College Office for further details including relevant fees.
Wednesday evenings from 8.00 pm until 9.30 pm at Bird College, 27 Station Road, Sidcup, Kent DA15 7EB
Bird College Office 020 8302 1456
The Bird College Light Orchestra is a friendly, informal group of players who wish to enjoy orchestral playing. All orchestral instrumentalists are welcome to join, particularly if you are returning to playing after a long lay-off. All ages and standards are welcome and the aim of the group is to enjoy making music together. Please contact Bird College Office for further details including relevant fees.
Various guest conductors
Christ Church Hall, 27 Blackfriars Road, SE1 Tuesdays, 7 pm - 9 pm
A Rehearsal Orchestra. New programme each week. Good sight reading practice! Occasional charity concerts. All enquiries welcome particularly strings. Access to own library of over 400 works, ranging from baroque to classical; Easy access from City & West End - near Southwark station (Jubilee line) and Blackfriars Bridge. Visit to the local pub after rehearsals.
Project based. Contact organisers for details
Particularly looking for first violins, percussion and French horns.
7 pm - 9 pm on Monday evenings at Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place WC1H 9RS
We welcome players of flute, clarinet and bass clarinet. No audition. Our aim is to provide a friendly relaxed group for adults to make music and improve their playing. We put on concerts several times a year. We are a player-run group with a professional musical director.
Weekend rehearsals in central London venues.
Friendly orchestra tackling chamber and larger-scale works in 3 concerts per year. We always welcome new string players, please enquire about wind vacancies.
Tuesday evenings, Band Room, Coram's Fields WC1N 1DN
Andrew Hunt (Membership Secretary)
We welcome players of any woodwind instrument. No audition. Our aim is to provide a friendly relaxed group for adults to make music and improve their playing. We put on concerts at least twice a year, generally for charities and community events. We are a player-run group with a professional musical director.
Wednesday evenings at St Martin's Church, Mortimer Road, London NW10 5SN, 19:15-21:45
We are a sociable full-size symphony orchestra (around 70 players), one of the country's oldest amateur orchestras and celebrated our centenary in 2011. Besides four concerts per season we also have regular repertoire sessions. We have vacancies for all strings (particularly double basses), co-principal trumpet and tenor trombone. We'd also be interested in hearing from wind (particularly oboes, bassoons, contras) and all brass players who would like to do some extra playing as we often need augmented sections for concerts and the occasional dep. We have a limited number of rehearsals per concert, so new players must be grade 8+ standard with previous orchestral experience and good sight-reading skills, and be willing to commit to attending most rehearsals.
Thursdays, during term time, 7 - 9.30pm at Drayton Manor High School, Drayton Bridge Road, Hanwell, W7 1EU
Angela Ayton (0208 567 0080)
A small, friendly, mixed ability group playing chamber music and larger ensemble arrangements of orchestral pieces. All instruments welcome.
Friday evenings from 8pm to 10pm, Bishop Justus School Hall, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, BR2 8HZ
A large, friendly community wind band formed nearly 60 years ago. We have lots of fun whilst rehearse a wide repertoire of music to a high standard, and we perform at many concerts in some fantastic venues, throughout the year. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining.
Mondays from 19:30 to 22:00 at Bishop Justus CE School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley BR2 8HZ
Bromley Symphony Orchestra is a large and successful amateur orchestra based in south-east London with a reputation for interesting concerts of almost professional standard. We give four concerts a year at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts and occasionally a summer workshop.
Monday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm Recital Room, Lecture Centre, Brunel University, Cleveland Road Uxbridge
Jay Wilkinson /Karen Lamb 01895 266074
Friendly University-based orchestra welcomes new members, particularly strings and lower woodwind. 4 concerts each year with wide repertoire.
Thursday evening during term time at Sandringham School in St Albans starting at 7pm
Community jazz band, formed in 2006 and with an active membership of around 15 musicians playing a wide range of jazz and jazz inspired music. New members are always welcome and we believe that we have a role to play in being a part of, and helping, the community through playing music. We are currently looking for trumpet players.
Tuesdays 19:45-22:00 Bushey Academy, London Rd, Bushey, Herts
Brian McAdam 01923 266667
The Bushey Symphony Orchestra, a highly regarded part of the local community and nearing our fortieth year, gives a minimum of five concerts per season with a wide variety of repertoire from the baroque to the present day. We have vacancies in the string section and welcome all players especially post grade 8.
Kentish Town Congregational Church Hall, Monday evenings 7.30 - 9.00 during school term time
Plays jazz,Latin and world music. Open to all instruments, all ages, all abilities. Termly subscription £60 but come to see if you like it free of charge..
Tuesday evenings, Camden Square, NW1,
A friendly orchestra performing a diverse range of music to a high standard. Founded as Camden Chamber Orchestra in 1980, we re-branded in 2013 to reflect better the orchestra's size and repertoire. We rehearse on a weekly basis and perform three major orchestral concerts a year, as well as regular collaborations with Islington Choral Society. We welcome enquiries from prospective new members. We don't hold auditions but invite new players to join us for an informal trial period.
Holy Cross Church, Oldfield Lane South Greenford UB6 9NE, Monday 8pm -10pm
Angela 07502 419599
We are a friendly group who get together to play an assortment of music. Come master you musical skills or challenge yourself to learn a new Instument. We play five major concerts a year. Instuments needed - Euphonium, cornet, tenor horn, tuba and trombone.
Captain David Cole
Norbury Royal British Legion Club Every Wednesday evening 7:45pm - 10pm
Assistant secretary, Phil Willans
Always welcoming new players of a high standard, especially trumpet/cornet players. Need not be ex forces. Many engagements throughout the year including Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Eastbourne Bandstand for a week, Picnic Concert at Fort Nelson and Festival of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral each year.
Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:30 in the City of London. 2 minute walk from St Paul's tube station
Katie Traver, Communications Manage
The Central London Orchestra is a community/amateur orchestra for intermediate/advanced players. We are run by all members, breeding a culture of participation, inclusion and democracy. Our aim is to play music that is fun and nice to listen to and we want to grow the orchestra into further challenges.
Dwight Pile-Gray BMus(Hons) ATCL
Monday evenings at Robertswood County School, Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, SL9 OEW
Bryan Ogilvie (Chairman) 020 8998 7042 / 07810 648702
Mary Cadman (Secretary) 01494 863352 / 07765 567305
We are always on the lookout for woodwind, brass and percussion players. There are also instrumental ensembles associated with the Band. The Band presents two main concerts each year, plus many other public engagements particularly during the summer and Christmas period. It raises much money for local and national charities.
Thursday evenings between 8 and 10pm, St Mary Magdalene Church, Munster Square, London NW1
Abigail Dance 07984 013112
Chamber Academy is a new orchestra based in the east end of London. We hold a concert following each 10 week term. Rehearsals will include sectional coaching with our tutoring staff and the opportunity to work with excellent soloists and young composers. Each rehearsal is lead by our professional conductor and leader. We are currently recruiting for all strings, principal flute, principal clarinet, principal horn and trumpet.
Exmouth Market Centre, 24 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE, Wednesday. Sectionals 6.15-7.45pm Full Orchestra 7.55-10pm
A friendly string orchestra where anyone is welcome to join. There are no auditions.
Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinson's Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN
Our aim is to develop technique and ensemble skills through challenging, yet approachable repertoire under the guidance of our professional tutor.
Once a term two-day orchestra workshop courses, at central London Adult Education college 'City Lit' For amateur adult players.
2 day Orchestra Workshops every few months, that aim to get students to work through 2 or 3 pieces, including a symphony, in just 2 days. It's a lot of fun and all orchestral instrumentalists are welcome, though we especially welcome violins and violas!
Usually 3 Friday evenings and a Sunday afternoon prior to each concert. Near Tower Hill tube.
Formed in 2006, CLSW is a group of woodwind and brass players based in and around London. Our focus is on performing excellent symphonic wind-band repertoire to a very high standard. We welcome enquiries from new players of grade 8 standard and above.
City Showtunes Orchestra
Mondays evenings from 7.00-8.30pm, St Mary Aldermary Church in Watling Street, EC4, next to Mansion House tube
An established, friendly and relaxed orchestra which plays show tunes and popular classics. Two terms per year, with two concerts - at Christmas and around Easter. No auditions necessary but we do ask for enthusiasm and commitment! Currently at capacity for flutes but have a waiting list if you're interested. Bass instruments very welcome!
City University Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday evenings in the University (Angel, Islington) from 6pm-9pm
We're an orchestra largely consisting of students from the Music Department but would really like to get some players in from outside to spread the word and bring some fresh ideas to the group! We're currently looking for - Cellos (urgently!), Horns, Bassoons, Violins/Violas.
St. Olave's Church Hall, Mark Lane, London EC3R 7NB on a Monday 7-9.30pm
The City Wind Orchestra is a friendly wind orchestra set up in 2009 for amateur wind, brass and percussion musicians. Concerts given three times a year in the City of London and consists mainly of original Wind Orchestra repertoire.
Wapping, from 7.30-10pm on Wednesdays
Conducted by Andrew Farid, (MSc in Composing for Film and Media) and led by a Royal Academy of Music Graduate this is an exciting opportunity to become a member of a diverse, friendly and driven orchestra whose repertoire combines well known classical pieces with popular film scores. We are 2 years old, and in that time have been involved in many exciting projects, including being recorded performing at St John's Smith Square by the BBC, establishing a successful residency at St Patrick's Church in Wapping, recording pieces for short films and setting up chamber ensembles. In this time we have been able to establish ourselves as a well recognised, high standard amateur Orchestra. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings in Wapping. In particular we are currently looking for Double Bass, Violins, Cellos and Violas.
Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch High Street, London E1 (nearest tubes: Liverpool St and Old St) 19.00 - 21.30 Tuesdays
Liz Herbert 020 8806 3959
COMA is Contemporary Music for All. All instruments and all abilities welcome. Public concerts in London twice/year plus opportunities to take part in COMA National events - usually at contemporary music festivals in UK and Europe. Opportunities for composers.
BMA House, Tavistock Square 19:00 Wednesdays
The Corinthian Chamber Orchestra is one of London's leading amateur orchestras. Formed in 1995 under the musical direction of the late Alan Hazeldine, the orchestra has built a reputation for extremely high quality performances in its regular concerts (6 per year) at St. James's Church, Piccadilly. Vacancies for double basses and occasionally other players. High standard of players, post grade 8 or music college. Admission by trial rehearsal/concert, depending on experience.
Two evening rehearsals in week prior to concert, two in the week and one on afternoon of the concert, 15 hours total
Caroline Welsh 07971 566808
Very friendly and social chamber orchestra of a high standard that prides itself on working with up-and-coming conductors and soloists as well as established names. New bass section being formed we would welcome enquiries.
Tuesday evenings 8.0pm to 10.0pm at St Mildred’s Church Hall,Bingham Road Addiscombe
Bingham Road Addiscombe
,We are a friendly orchestra rehearsing under an enthusiastic conductor. We play symphonies, selections from musicals and general light music. We welcome enquiries from all instruments but are particularly looking for string players.
Christ Church Hall, West Croydon, Surrey CR0 3LJ, Wednesday Evenings 8:00 pm
Sue Reeves (020) 8657 8591
We already have 50 people in the band and we welcome new members. No auditions, just come along and enjoy the fun of a rehearsal! We are short of lower brass players and any new trombonists would be made especially welcome!
Friday evenings 7.30 - 10.00’ish East Croydon United Reformed Church Hall, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon
Claire Slade 02086885090
Friendly orchestra performing mainly romantic and later repertoire. 6 concerts a year in Fairfield Hall and 1 in Croydon Parish Church. A few vacancies, mainly 1st violins.
Wednesday, 8-10pm at St John’s Church, St John’s Road in Penge
Band Secretary, Rachel Bleach 020 8776-2520
One of the few traditional Brass Bands remaining in London. We operate an open band rehearsal - just turn up - but if you need to borrow an instrument, it’s probably best to contact the Band Secretary.
Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 at St John's the Baptist Church, Wood Street, High Barnet EN5 4BW
Da Capo Concert Band celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2007. We are a friendly symphonic wind band that plays many of the stand wind band repertoire as well as exploring classic and contemporary symphonic band works with a view to entertaining and challenging both ourselves and our audiences. New members are always welcome, please contact us for further information.
Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00 pm The Glentworth Club, Lowfield Street, Dartford
Friendly band playing wide variety of music from Vaughan Williams to Shostakovitch, Lloyd Webber to Glenn Miller. 5 or 6 performances a year, mainly Saturday Evenings in N.W Kent. All wind and brass players welcome, see web site for more information.
St Anne's Church, Commercial Road, Limehouse E14. Wednesday nights 7pm to 9:30pm.
Spencer Down +44 (0) 7971 387 101
An exciting new symphony orchestra for London's dynamic Docklands. Docklands Sinfonia is a high standard orchestra which is made up of professional musicians, music college students and talented amateurs. The orchestra, which was formed in January 2009, has already filmed for the BBC and performed with renowned soloists. We still have spaces for high-calibre and committed string players. Sign up now at our web site and click on the 'JOIN US' page.
Matthew Page / Seraphina Davey
Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm in central London near Euston station
We are looking for keen musicians who have experience playing jazz to join our big band. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in central London near Euston station in a friendly and fun atmosphere. We are looking for people who are minimum grade 8 standard and have experience of playing jazz.
Tuesdays from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at the Elmgreen School, Elmcourt Road, SE27 9BZ
Playing enquiries welcome
Rehearsals Thursday evenings. Ealing Green Church, W5 5QT
Richard Partridge 0208-567 4075
Playing enquiries always welcome.
Twyford School, Acton W3 9PP, Fridays 6:00 - 9.00 pm
Christopher Brown 07850 595089
EYO auditions new players every year in July and September. Applications are welcome from players aged 13-18 of Grade 6 standard and above. We give four or more concerts a year in West London, plus our legendary European tour each summer.
The East Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra
7-9pm on Friday evenings at Simon Balle School, Mangrove Road, Hertford (term times).
David Boarder - tel 01992 623489 fax 01992 643795
Hertfordshire County Music Service.
Friday evenings 6.00 - 8.30pm Shadwell centre, The Highway, London E1
Previously the Tower Hamlets Youth & Community Band, the East London Community Band offers tuition in a friendly and supportive environment that caters for all - from the absolute beginner to very experienced players, ages - from 5 to 80. There is a progressive Band structure with recorder ensembles, 5 Note Band, Training Band, Main Band and Advanced Band plus a jazz ensemble and a percussion ensemble as well as individual lessons. The Band regularly gives concerts for charitable causes and public events. Vacancies in the Bands are always available, lessons are by arrangement and subject to availability. Instruments are available for loan or hire.
Saturday mornings during school terms; Phoenix Primary and Secondary School, 49 Bow Road, London E3 2AD.
ELLSO consists of teaching orchestras welcoming all grades of string players, including complete beginners. Also group tuition classes in violin, viola, cello, double bass, musicianship and ensemble playing.
Mondays 7:15pm-9:30pm; Church of St Mary and Holy Trinity, 230 Bow Road, London E3 3AH.
This friendly and supportive string orchestra is for players who have been playing for at least a year or so and are looking to develop their ensemble playing skills. Ten week term with opportunities to perform at ELLSO concerts.
St Anne's, Limehouse London E14. Thursdays 7.15 - 9.30pm
A small friendly string and woodwind orchestra grade 6+, see website for current repertoire in rehearsal, term dates etc. New players most welcome!
Maida Vale Studios on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm.
A versatile and entertaining group made up of over 40 musicians, we play music to a high standard from a range of light classical to contemporary popular pieces, with a focus on film and show music. The band plays at a wide range of venues in and around London and regularly goes on tour to Europe.
Monday evenings during term time, 7:45pm - 9:45pm, Oakwood Methodist Church, Westpole Avenue, Cockfosters EN4 0BD (nearest underground = Oakwood on Piccadilly Line)
Enfield Chamber Orchestra has been established in Enfield for over 70 years and is a friendly orchestra who first and foremost enjoys playing great music. A minimum standard of Grade 7 is preferred, but a commitment to rehearsals and improving standards are the most important requirements. We are always recruiting new violin and viola players and would love to hear from you!
St. Martin's Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom. Thursdays 7.30pm - 10pm
A very friendly orchestra currently enjoying it's 54th year. 5 concerts performed at Epsom Playhouse, 1 children's concert at Fairfield Hall and an outdoor lakeside picnic concert. Vacancies particularly for violas, trumpets and trombones.
Around four rehearsals leading up to concerts,usually on Sundays at Camden School for Girls, Sandall Road, NW5
One of London's leading community orchestras, ERSO performs five to six concerts a year in venues across London. ERSO attracts conservatoire students and graduates, professionals at the start of their careers as well as skilled and experienced amateur musicians. What we all have in common is a commitment to play challenging repertoire to a high standard. Application is by CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are particularly looking for more regular string players
Thursday evenings at Trinity Church, Nether Street, Finchley N12
Clare Thomas 07957 472801
Rosemary Cook 07966 934186
Five/six concerts a season. Sociable but musically demanding (competent amateurs - grade 8 or semi-pro). For further information please see contact numbers, or e-mail via our website. We would particularly welcome enquiries from string and brass players.
Monday evenings at 7.30pm and the weekend of a concert in Walthamstow,
Emily Saunders 07905 377558
Forest Philharmonic is a friendly yet high-standard orchestra, and is unique in that each string section has a professional leader whose role includes rehearsal and technical advice for the section. Members include music students, teachers, freelancers and amateurs. We perform a regular season in Walthamstow Assembly Hall as well as concerts in the Southbank Centre, Barbican, St John's, Smith Square and St Alban's. String enquiries always welcome.
Tuesday evening between 7pm and 9pm at in the Music Concert Hall at Fortismere School, North Wing, Creighton Avenue, Muswell Hill.
Fortismere Community Orchestra is a new project that aims to bring players of all ages together to create high calibre music. The Orchestra includes students, parents and teachers from Fortismere School, as well as members of the wider community and this terms rehearsals will culminate in a performance on Saturday 1st December at St Andrews Church, Muswell Hill. There are no formal auditions but we do ask that you are of a Grade 8 standard for wind instruments, Grade 6+ for brass and strings. You will also have had some playing experience.
Fulham Festival Orchestra
St John's Church, Fulham
We are the Fulham Festival Orchestra - bringing music to the heart of Fulham. We do regular concerts in St John's Church. There are currently vacancies for: French Horn Violin Viola Clarinet (alto) Bassoon Double Bass Oboe.
Novotel, 1 Shortlands, London W6 (Hammersmith tube) Mondays 19.15-21.30
We are a large, friendly and ambitious amateur orchestra rehearsing in Hammersmith. We perform 3 or 4 concerts a year, at St John's Smith Square and in the Hammersmith and Fulham area. Please see our website for current vacancies.
The George Miles Light Orchestra
Thursday, Wellington Road, Enfield 8-10pm.
This orchestra gives about 10 charity concerts per year. Is very friendly and welcoming and needs ALL strings and some brass.
Thursday evening at 7.50pm in Holy Trinity Church, Southend Crescent, Eltham, London SE9
Formed in 1988, the Greenwich Concert Band provides excellent experience to musicians of all ages allowing them to continue their musical education and enjoyment long after their school days.
Mondays, 7.30, Guy's Chapel, opposite Boland House (orchestra)
Contact via the website
The GKT Music Society is a non-auditioning four-part choir and orchestra for the Medical, Dental and Biomedical Science students and staff at Guy's, King's College and St. Thomas' hospitals; however we do welcome all KCL students and staff, especially those that live around the Guy's area.
HACS Millennium Symphony Orchestra
Sunday from 3pm - 4.30pm in North West London (NW3 is our base)
Fiona Pacquette 07746 359 839
We do performances every December. If you are a keen string player, please get in contact as we are now rehearsing for HANDEL'S MESSIAH which will be performed 13th December 2014, 5pm - 7.30pm. We'd also welcome trombone and trumpet players.
Two rehearsals before a concert in St Marks Church, Regents Park NW1
Tim (Strings) & Ellie (wind)
The Hampstead Sinfonietta perform with the Royal Free Hospital Choir. We play three concerts per year consisting of instrumental and choral works.
Wednesday 7.30-9.45 pm, Prendergast School (Hilly Fields), Adelaide Avenue, Ladywell, SE4 1LE
A vibrant and fun symphony orchestra currently performing three concerts a year. Offering a performance platform for both local amateur players of a high standard and music students from local universities, we also strive to promote contemporary orchestral music by local composers and will feature some of these works in future performances. Vacancies available for strings and brass, G8+.
Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middlesex, HA5 4EA, every Sunday 10:00 - 12:00, except concert days
Grant Bentley 07877 846930
We are a friendly community wind band doing a few concert and bandstand/fête appearances every year. We have vacancies in most areas, and all are welcome. See our website for more information.
8 - 10pm Thursdays at the Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4EA
30 players of a broad age range. Urgently seeking new string players. Entry requirements - Grade 5 and above. Three concerts a year consisting of classical and romantic works.
Wednesdays during term times from 7.30pm - 9.30pm at North St Hall, North St, Hornchurch, Essex
Karen Williams 020 8950 5742
A fun and friendly orchestra who extend a warm welcome to new players. Grade 5 or equivalent standard preferred, previous orchestral experience valuable. Highlights for the coming season include Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto and Vaughan-Williams Lark Ascending.
Various guest conductors
Prior to concert, St Andrew's, Thornhill Square N1
Stephen Glaister 0207 609 1401
Formed in 1983 by musicians living in Islington, the Orchestra gives regular concerts in and around North London. The repertoire ranges from the early classics to contemporary works.
Wednesdays, 7.45-9.45pm, at West Wickham Methodist Church, Hawes Lane, West Wickham BR4 9AA
David Thomas, 020 8851 5830
We perform three concerts per year, playing works by composers such as Beethoven and Brahms, and occasionally later works and world premiers by contemporary composers such as the conductor, Benjamin Ellin. New players will be warmly welcomed, especially string and brass players.
St. Botoloph's without Bishopsgate Church Hall, Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TL. Monday evenings 7.30 - 9.30pm
A new band created in 2014 to support the Help for Heroes charity through music performances. We have vacancies for French Horn, Trumpet/Cornet, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion. The band has already performed in London this summer, including at The Festival of Love at the Southbank Centre. Visit our website for more details about this young and innovative band.
Theo Vinden / Lee Marshall
Monday evening 7.30-9.30pm at Charville Library, Bury Ave, Hayes, Middlesex UB4 8LF.
We are a small orchestral ensemble based in West London. We currently have vacancies for all string and brass players. We play 3 concerts a year with all profits going to local charities. We play a wide wide variety of music including light orchestral and symphonic orchesral works. The group has a mix of players from amateur and professional backgrounds.
In Ickenham, three or four rehearsals before each concert
Lydia Holland 01895 252580
Three or four concerts a year plus a repertoire day. We play music from 17th to 20th century. New players welcome,especially violins, violas, double basses, horns and trumpets
St Mary's Church Osterley, Mondays at 7:30
Hounslow Symphony Orchestra is an independent amateur performing symphony orchestra of around 45 players, until recently part of the London Borough of Hounslow's Adult Education programme
Every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday (from April) during term time from 8:00pm till 10:00 at 31 Elmbank Avenue, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 3DU - 16 players max per rehearsal
Craig Simons / 020 8441 2117 / 07789 933212
We are the UK's first and longest running Clarinet Choir founded in November 1970. We welcome all Clarinettists - from Eb to Bb Contrabass - of Grade 5+ standard from all over North London to come and join us. If you would like to come along and try us out, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Tuesday (occasional Thursday) evenings 4 weeks before concert, Holland Park
One of London's best and friendliest orchestras! 4 concerts a year in Notting Hill performing eclectic smaller orchestral repertoire to a high standard. We sometimes have vacancies for strong upper strings, and occasional wind depping opportunities.
Mondays in term-time 7-9:30 at St Peter's Eaton Square (very near Victoria station).
Elizabeth Rantzen (membership secretary)
A friendly well-established orchestra of a very high standard performing three concerts a year. Enquiries welcome, especially from double bass and viola players.
18:30 - 21:30 on Thursdays at Pimlico Academy and 11:00 - 17:00 on the Sunday before each concert at various venues including Henry Wood Hall
Sabina Wagstyl, Orchestra Manager
Founded in 1956, Kensington Symphony Orchestra has built an enviable reputation as one of the UK's most accomplished and adventurous non-professional orchestras. We promote our own concert season at St John's Smith Square, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and Milton Court. Our fixers welcome new contacts to provide deps for individual rehearsals and concerts - contact details on our website.
Usually 4 rehearsals, on Sundays afternoons and a Thursday evening
Richard Dubeck, Chair, 07766 600 912
Friendly and enthusiastic chamber orchestra for professionals and talented amateurs. 3 concerts a year at St Anne's Church, Kew Green. Wide ranging repertoire with outstanding soloists.
Thursdays 7:45 - 10:00pm, Richmond
The multi award-winning Kew Wind Orchestra is one of Britain's top amateur wind orchestras, renowned for its popular and challenging repertoire of symphonic, classical and jazz music. Looking to expand in preparation for exciting opportunities ahead. Especially looking for trumpets and horns. Other enquiries always welcome.
Wednesday evenings at 7:30 at St John's School, Portland Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2SG
Enquiries through website please
The Kingston Chamber Orchestra is an amateur orchestra of high standard, based in Kingston, Surrey, UK. Our members are a mixture of professionals, teachers, semi-professionals and keen amateurs. We rehearse weekly during term-time and perform at least three concerts per year.
7.45pm to 10 pm Fridays, at St.Nicholas Church Hall, Summer Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Wednesdays, 10.15-12.30 at United Reform Church, Eden Street, Kingston KT1 1HZ
Liz Bartlett 020 8974 5453
The orchestra welcome new members and, despite its name, is keen to recruit younger amateur musicians. There are currently vacancies for violin, viola and basses.
Christchurch, Brixton Road, SE1. 19:00 Thursdays
Vacancies for violas & basses.
Thursdays 7.45 at St. Paul's Church Hall, Herne Hill, SE24
We are a new band in the Lambeth/Herne Hill area. We are currently looking for a tenor saxophone, trumpets, a trombone and tubas. No auditions.
Lamorbey String Orchestra (Sidcup)
Last Tuesday in the month - 10:30am. Hurst Community Centre, Sidcup
This orchestra is an amateur group which meets monthly at Hurst Community Centre in Hurst Road, Sidcup. Meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month at 10.30 in the morning. We play a wide variety of music from the string orchestra repertoire. The playing is mainly for our own pleasure with an occasional public performance. The atmosphere at our rehearsals is friendly and informal.
7.00-9.30pm Tuesdays, Welsh Baptist Chapel, Eastcastle St, W1 (nr. Oxford Circus)
Kathy Reed (via website)
2013 marks our 30th Anniversary. Our orchestra is open to non-lawyers as well as members of the legal profession. There are usually no auditions, but as a guide, members have normally reached Grade 8. Selection procedures occasionally have to be applied in relation to any over-subscribed woodwind seats (although we also keep a waiting list for these instruments). Our sister organisation, the London Lawyers' Chorus, rehearse on Thursday evenings (7.00pm - 9.00pm). We usually perform five concerts per year.
Intermediate Orchestra (c.grade 4/5) Weds 7-9 pm St Cyprian's Church ,Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX; Main Orchestra (c.grade 5/6+) Thurs 6.30-9 pm St Pancras Church Hall, Lancing Street, NW1 1NA.
David Evans (via website)
Alan Amias (via website)
Established in 1995 we have 2 very friendly orchestras which have been set up to help players to make music in an orchestral setting for the first time or wanting to start again after an interval. We have no auditions - the approximate grade levels are shown above. Each orchestra gives 2 concerts a year. Please consult the website for further details and vacancies.
Most Sundays, 10-45 am to 12.45 pm. Prenderghast School, Hilly Fields, off Adelaide Avenue, London, SE4. Near Ladywell Station and Crofton Park Stations.
Friendly band, good standard, rehearses and performs private and public concerts all year round in London and South East. Fantastic range of music in band library. Admission by committee vetting and audition. Grade 8 plus. Founded 1967, Radio 2 & 3 broadcasts, won T.V. Times National Band contest. For further details check our website address. To come to a trial rehearsal contact us via our email address on the left
Matthew Scott Rogers
Tuesdays, 8:00 - 10:00 at St Mark's Church Hall, Church Hill Rd., Surbiton KT6 4LS
Enquiries through website or by email
We are a thriving band that plays good music to a high standard. We are continually expanding our repertoire and aim to give several concerts each year. We come from all walks of life and our playing ability ranges from around Grade 8 to semi-professional standard. We welcome players of any age who are of about this standard. If you are interested, please come along to one of our Tuesday rehearsals. The rehearsal venue is approximately 5 minutes walk from Surbiton main line station, and there is off street parking available. Please bring your own stand. We currently have vacancies for oboe, bassoon, trombone, tuba and percussion.
The London Amateur Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday evenings from work (1800-2030)
Orchestra probably folded - contact was invalid.
Mondays 7.00-9.30; Chelsea
Performs at St John’s Smith Square in aid of charity. High standard orchestra of music students/graduates and strong amateur players. New players welcome (must be Grade 8+) in all departments.
St Botolph's-without-Aldersgate, close to both Barbican and St. Paul's tube stations. Monday evenings 7-9.30pm
Formed in 2013, the London City Orchestra is a friendly, committee-led ensemble that plays a diverse range of music to an exceptional standard. We welcome all musicians Grade 8+, and are happy to hear from applicants for any section. We also run a Professional Development Programme that allows music students to lead a section for a season or more, with the guidance and support of the conductor and team. Please check our website for more information!
Thames Valley University - St Marys Road Campus; Ealing, W5; Wednesdays during term time and intensively during build up to concert, plus Intensive Orchestral Weekends
Community based orchestra comprising LCM, Thames Valley University and other HE students, and keen amateur players (Ideally Grade 8+) and with a focus on training for LCM Students. All instrumentalists welcome!
Wednesdays in Herne Hill, SE24
A group of 3 wind chamber ensembles, playing the standard repertoire for groups such as double wind quintets and clarinet choirs, plus arrangements of early music and newly composed music. The ensembles perform together.
Saturdays in Herne Hill, SE24
A chamber orchestra rehearsing and performing contemporary music, working with composers on the development of their pieces. Rehearsals and workshops every couple of months. Looking for more string players.
Monthly - Reynolds Building, St Dunstans Road, W6 8RP
The London Doctors Orchestra and Choir is an exciting new ensemble set up by a small group of West London doctors who were keen to keep their musical interests going well beyond university. Our members range from junior doctors through to consultants, other healthcare staff and even some vets. Rehearsals are kept relaxed and sociable, the perfect opportunity to meet some new friendly people and held monthly to help fit in around everyone's busy working lives, with concerts planned every six months. We are always looking for new members for both the choir and orchestra, regardless of previous experience.
Mostly on Tuesday evenings (check website) from 7 to 9pm in St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, EC1A 2DQ
The London Euphonia is a new orchestra based in the City of London. We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated amateur musicians (around grade 8) to join us for the exciting opportunity to play some wonderful music together and contribute with creative (and social!) ideas. As a new ensemble, the more exciting ideas we come up with, the better!
Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm in Pimlico
Erik Tomlin 07595 622 653
Associated with the London Gay Symphony Orchestra, the LGSW is London's only symphonic wind band for and from the LGBT communities in London. Brass, wind and percussion players are always welcome to join us in a safe , supportive and fun environment, where sexuality is not an issue.
Sunday evenings, Central London
Peter Reynolds 07740 354369
The London Gay Symphony Orchestra is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender orchestra in the UK. We welcome anyone whatever their sexuality. We perform 4 or 5 concerts a year in a friendly and welcoming environment. We pride ourselves on being a dynamic, player-led orchestra with lots of innovative ideas.
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Russell Square on Thursday evenings 7:30 to 9:30
An amateur group of intermediate and advanced players of any instrument who have a passion for Eastern European Gypsy and folk music. New members always welcome!
Dominic Grier and Robert Tuohy
Stephen Mansfield General Manager
Founded in 2006 for students of the capital's conservatoires and other suitably able musicians to gain additional orchestral training and performance experience. Also LIOA was seen as a means of offering high-profile concert events to community audiences in the south London community.
Walter Sickert Community Centre, Canonbury Crescent, N1 2FB Tuesdays at 7.15pm
Netia Lascelles (secretary) 07713 090546
We're a friendly, long-established amateur orchestra and we rehearse in a convenient venue in Islington, North London. We put on 3 concerts a year in support of medically related charities. We have professional leads in all the string sections. We currently have room for more strings and low brass.
Fridays 7:45-9:45pm at Muswell Hill Methodist Church, 28 Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, N10 1PP
London Metropolitan Brass is a new brass band, based in North London. We are always on the lookout for more players, whether experienced or coming back to playing after a break. If you don't currently play a brass instrument but would like to learn, we have a beginners band where we can teach you free-of-charge.
Monday 6.35-8.45pm at St Thomas More School, Cadogan Street, London
Run by The Insurance Orchestral Society. We welcome new members, and in particular would like to hear from string players.
various activities throughout London
The London Piano Circle is a members' organisation of proficient non-professional pianists, which organises small informal playing gatherings in some members' homes, concerts and master classes. It was founded in June 1994 by Andrew Cockburn and Elizabeth Gundrey. Subscriptions are £25 per year and members receive newsletters three times a year, in September, December and May, giving details of the Circle's events and articles and information for members.
7:00 to 9:30 Wednesday evenings in at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Lamb’s Passage, EC1Y 8LE
If you love playing in orchestra but get a little bored of repetitive rehearsals then the LRO might be what you are looking for… At LRO we play through a different work each week and enjoy making excellent progress during each session. We currently plan one concert per term, usually supporting a charity. When rehearsing for concerts we dedicate one full LRO session to rehearsing each piece and have a full rehearsal on the day of the concert, so there is always a large range of works played each term. String players are always welcome…..come along and sharpen your sight reading!
2nd, 3rd and 4th Friday of the month at St Gabriel's Halls, Glasgow Terrace, Churchill Gardens, SW1V 3AA, 7:30PM - 10:00PM.
A group for saxophones only, open to all abilities without audition. We play music written in a wide range of styles and from many different eras, from baroque to modern and jazz, many of which have been specially arranged by our conductor, Roger Cawkwell.
Full day, the weekend in advance of the concert, followed by an afternoon rehearsal on the concert day. St Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth Street NW1.
Currently working through a complete cycle of Shostakovich symphonies. Contact via the web site.
Weekly chamber music sessions during term time, Finchley Central
Dorit Lichtenstern 0208346 0559 M: 07790233030
Come and play string quartets, quintets sextet etc. in a friendly environment, with exciting opportunities to improve your playing and ensemble skills. The new London String Players provides opportunities for amateur and semi-professional musicians to meet and play in a friendly and non pressurised environment.
Simon Hewitt Jones
Saturday in term time from 4.30pm (usually in Pimlico, SW1 but it occasionally changes).
ViolinSchool 020 3051 0080
A mixed-level string orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass) that performs a wide range of classical and contemporary music. Violinists welcome at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level (Cello/Bass Intermediate and above). Open to members and non-members. Concerts three times a year at the St James Theatre in Victoria, London.
Approximately 3 concerts per year, with 3/4 rehearsals in the fortnight leading up to it (usually weekends, or one Friday evening)
Ben Glassberg 07596455546
We are a new, young orchestra raising money for a variety of different charities, nominated by members of both the committee and the orchestra, playing adventurous music, with a combination of keen amateurs and college students. Current plans include Holst's The Planets, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and 3 of the Stravinsky Ballet Russes. Rehearsal/concert venue varies from concert to concert.. We are always looking for new players (preferably no older than Uni/Music College students), especially in the string department!
Lucas Wind Ensemble
alternate Wednesday evenings from 8pm-10pm in Surbiton, KT5
The Lucas Wind Ensemble is a friendly, relaxed group of wind players (plus horns, double bass and conductor), established in 1969. We perform 3 concerts per year in the local area and mainly play western classical music, including pieces composed specially for us. Please contact us to find out about current vacancies/deps. Grade 8+ standard
Malden Centre Orchestra
Thursday from 10.00am - 12.00noon in term time
Passionate about music? The Malden Centre Orchestra offers an exciting, unique opportunity to play the great symphonic music in a friendly group of players under the leading of a professional conductor: come and enjoy playing a wide variety of pieces selected from the orchestral repertoire, ranging from classical to light music, and including overtures, symphonies, ballet music, concertos, and suites from musical shows. Join us for another successful season of music making: rehearsals are held at the Malden Centre every Thursday morning during school terms and we perform a major concert every year for Christmas. There is no formal audition and we welcome players of all talents and ages.
The Marlowe Ensemble
Wednesday evenings - 7:30pm. West Lodge School, Station Road, Sidcup
This orchestra is an amateur group which meets weekly at West Lodge School in Station Road, Sidcup. We play a wide variety of light orchestral music. The playing is mainly for our own pleasure with an occasional public performance. The atmosphere at our rehearsals is friendly and informal.
Friday 8.30pm-10pm Mary Ward Centre, 42 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AQ
A String Orchestra which meets at the Mary Ward Centre as part of the Mary Ward String Workshop. Friendly group, short performance at end of term but also lots of sight reading. Minimum Grade 5.
Sundays at 7-9pm at St Nicholas Church, Deptford Green, London SE8 3DQ.
Ben Rous (07905 381931)
Mike Jefferson (0207 3680115)
The Meridian Sinfonia was formed 2004. We are looking for players of around grade 8 standard (and above), and currently have vacancies in most sections. Please get in touch with Ben or Mike if you are interested in joining.
Sundays 10-12, Whitehouse Center, 45 The Avenue, Hampton, TW12 3RN
An Amateur concert band that welcomes all. We have a long history of music and perform regularly throughout the area every year.
Monday Afternoon Strings
2pm - 4pm, every Monday in term time, Christchurch, Tudor Way, Petts Wood, BR5 1LH.
Michael Newman 01622 743834
Heather Hall 020 8650 3349
For anyone lacking experience or confidence we provide an excellent introduction to playing in a string orchestra, and, for those more familiar with playing 'under the baton', there is the pleasure of exploring the repertoire in a friendly, informal atmosphere, with expert professional guidance. Music is selected according to the average ability level and we suggest a minimum of grade IV to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment. String players of any age can be assured of a warm welcome - we need you all!
Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1, near Lambeth North Tube or Waterloo. Thursday Evenings 19.00 to 21.30.
Music Secretary 020 7450 1838
High standard, medium sized repertoire orchestra; with a distinguished pedigree (previous conductors include Holst and Tippett). Offers a unique opportunity for skilled instrumentalists to significantly broaden their knowledge of the rich smaller orchestral literature with its main focus on broadening players' sight reading techniques and musicianship. Will explore a wide variety of compositions by following an in depth fortnightly rotation of challenging works from the 18th century to modern times. Vacancies for Grade 8+ violins and violas and basses, and enquiries always welcome from wind players. Occasional concerts.
Morley College Conductors' Orchestra
Paul Sarcich (tutor)
2-5 Saturdays term time. At Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd. SE1 7HT. Underground: Lambeth North
Tom Whitehouse 02072516339 07702841896
This orchestra is conducted by different trainee conductors. From the Morley Conducting Course and plays different pieces each week. E.g. An overture and a symphony. It's free, friendly, great sight-reading practice; no pressure on players. Great experience of playing excellent works straight through. Just turn up any week. Strings always needed. Brass and woodwind please phone to check.
Morley College, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT. Friday 5.30pm to 7.30pm during term time
Morley College (Enrolment Line) 020 7450 1889
Vacancies in all wind, brass and percussion departments for this new ensemble to be run by Morley College.
Thursday 7.45 - 9.45 pm in the Church Hall of Our Lady Help of Christians on the corner of Lady Margarets Road and Falklands Road, NW5
Keith Bramich 0208 840 1654
Tom Whitehouse 0207 251 6339 or 07702 841896
We would welcome all string and brass players and some woodwind players. Our standard is particularly suitable for intermediate players. No audition required - if you like us, we'll like you! Specific Vacancies for 2nd OBOE, 2nd BASSOON ,2nd TRUMPET, 2nd HORN, and TIMPANI and ALL STRINGS .
Weekly during school term times only on Wednesday evenings 8pm - 10pm at The Maryfield Hall, 73 Leysdown Road, Mottingham SE9 4UB
MVCB is a wind band based in Mottingham, SE London which performs a wide selection of music for indoor and outdoor concerts and events. We have an extensive library and pad selections are changed every term or for specific occasions. Please see our website for a selection of previous concert programmes.
The Nelson Orchestra
Sunday mornings, Kingswood Village Club. Brighton Road, Surrey
This friendly wind band is keen to recruit more players especially, oboe, bassoon, brass (including French horns) and percussion. Please email us or contact us through our website.
Thursdays from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. at John Savage Centre, Fencepiece Road, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 2LJ
Miles Harwood 02085054329
A community wind band established in 1996. New members welcome (minimum standard Grade VI), especially tenor saxophones, trombones and tubas.
Thursday mornings in term-time from 10.15-12.15 at the London Interfaith Centre, NW6 6RG.
String orchestra giving public concerts but also with an outreach programme primarily involving school visits.
1st Sunday of the month, Tatsfield
NDS is a thriving Symphony Orchestra based in the village of Tatsfield on the Kent/Surrey border, noted for its high musical standards and friendliness. We play 2 concerts a year to large and enthusiastic audiences under different conductors each season. We welcome new players, especially strings, grade 7/8+, please mail us or refer to our website for more details. Hope to see you soon!
Paul Williams Mmus PGCE
Fridays 8pm-10pm, Oakwood Baptist Church, Merrivale, Southgate, London N14 4TE
Martyn Stogden - 020 8366 0657
Aims of ensemble: to provide a top quality symphonic wind band for our North London community, encouraging lapsed players and mature learners to develop their playing skills and musical enjoyment and to bring through a new generation of players. Regular performances. Suitable for brass and wind players, and including percussion, string bass and piano.
North London Morning Orchestra
Every Wednesday morning from 10.00-12.00am at The Scout Hut - opposite The Jolly Farmers pub, Slades Hill Enfield
Eric Savage 020 8367 3169
Joyce Beltram 020-84461729
A friendly orchestra which plays a wide range of light and classical music simply for pleasure. Vacancies for 2 flutes and 2 oboes. No auditions ! Also vacancy for double bass player - double bass available on loan.
Between 7.45pm and 9.30pm each Thursday at Oakwood Baptist Church, Merrivale, Southgate, N14 4TE
Martyn Stogden 020 8366 0657
Aims of orchestra: to provide a top quality amateur orchestra for our North London community, encouraging lapsed players and mature learners to develop their playing skills and musical enjoyment and to bring through a new generation of players. Regular performances.
The North London Philharmonia
Tuesday eves, Golders Green Parish Church, North End Rd. London NW11
Ron Rappoport 020 8346-8645
Monday night 7:30 - 9:30, Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, North Finchley, N12 7NN
Lisa Hughes (chair)
We are a friendly and adventurous orchestra with a particular flair for interesting and unusual programming. Open to amateur and professional musicians, we do not hold auditions - though new wind and brass players may play on a trial basis if there is competition for a place. We play under the guidance of a professional conductor, leader and principal cello. We have vacancies at present for a bassoonist, strings of all types (particularly violins), and brass of all types. Please make contact via the links here or through our website.
United Reformed Church, Ferme Park Road/Weston Park, London N8 Mondays 7.30-10.00pm
Friendly but hard-working orchestra giving five concerts a year in Palmers Green, North London. Vacancies exist in some sections and the orchestra also operates deputy and waiting lists. View our website for more information including concerts planned for the current season
Northwood Volunteer Band
Mon & Wed evening 8 - 10pm at Northwood Headquarters, Sandy Lane
A versatile and hard-working Concert Band, performing regularly at a wide range of venues in both the surrounding area as well as in Central London. The repertoire is both challenging as well as fun and includes popular tunes, big band/swing, orchestral transcriptions right through to modern day symphonic wind band compositions. We rehearse in a new purpose built facility and all equipment is available to loan if required. As well as the musical aspect the band also enjoys a sociable side away from the stand. All enquiries are always welcome.
Twice a month on Sunday afternoons in Addington Village, near Croydon.
We are a friendly concert band who enjoy producing good music to the best of our ability. If you share our ambition and play a wind, brass or percussion instrument to grade 5 standard or above we would love to hear from you.
Thursday evening 7.30 to 9.30 at SCOLA in Sutton.
We are a group of approximately 22 enthusiastic amateur clarinet and flute players - but we would welcome the addition more players, and also of other wind instrumentalists e.g. oboes, bassoons. We accommodate players from a wide range of abilities, and enjoyment is the object of our meetings.
Every other Monday evening at Christ Church URC/Methodist Church, 263 Barry Road, East Dulwich SE22 0JT, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.
Formed in 2008, Opal Flutes is a friendly South London flute choir based in East Dulwich. We welcome flautists of all ages and abilities - come along and meet other flautists, make new friends, try an alto or a bass flute, improve your sight-reading and of course get plenty of regular playing!
Usually Tuesday evenings 7pm, St Augustine's, Queensgate, SW7
One of the leading amateur orchestras in London performing 6 concerts per year (2 per term) at venues such as St. John's, Smith Square. For audition info, please visit our website. High standard - music graduates preferred.
Sundays 12 - 6 about four times a year at St Paul's United Reformed Church, South Croydon
The orchestra is designed to be an eclectic mix of leading professional players and 'professional amateurs', and instrumentalists of grade 8 plus/ diploma standard are warmly invited to contact us - there is NO audition at present. The repertoire explored consists of the large scale symphonic works of Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss, Elgar, Berlioz etc - pieces not often experienced outside the major symphony orchestras.
7pm Thursdays during term time in Petts Wood
Alison Cordingley 020 8467 9470
Orpington Symphony Orchestra is now in its 66th season. We rehearse weekly in term time, and perform three concerts a year. We have vacancies in the string sections, get in touch to find out more.
Stephanie Reeve, David Morris and George Sleightholme
Alternate Sunday mornings 10am-1pm, CUFOS, The Old Station, Top of The Avenue, London N10 2QE
The Palace Band is a large wind ensemble (flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, bassoon and French horn) for adults of intermediate standard. There are no auditions, and the band has a relaxed and open ethos.
Brian Lloyd Wilson
Meet for just a few rehearsals close to each concert - Thursday eves and one Sunday.
London's most adventurous amateur orchestra! We look to interest the reluctant concert goer by working with different art forms and removing some of the highbrow nature of classical concerts. We play music from the Baroque up to today. Amateurs & students of good standard sought. Professional leader. See website for more details
Thursdays 20:00 to 22:00 Christ Church, Watling Street, Radlett, Herts, WD7 7JJ
Chris McGinity 020 8364-9862 or 07901-972855
The Phoenix Concert Band aims to set high standards in its performances, giving playing opportunities to musicians at the upper end of ability. Players are generally minimum Grade 6 - some well above - so do call if you would like to come along. We don't audition, we'd rather you came along for a few rehearsals to see how it goes.
Sutton College, Central Sutton, 7:15pm on Friday evenings in term time
We are a concert wind band consisting of adult learner musicians. We need a trumpeter for Autumn term
Mondays 7:30-9:30pm, London, between Victoria and Kennington
Rosie Wintour 07793 502694
For those that have played to Grade 8 standard and wish to pick up their instruments again and make beautiful music! Classical orchestral repertoire. Current vacancies for strings and some brass. Subs of £40 a term.
Lancaster Road Methodist Church, London W11 on Mondays 19:30- 21:30.
Duncan Gillies via website
Friendly orchestra that meets weekly in term time and gives 3 public performances a year. Vacancies particularly for strings, horns and trombones. See website for more details.
Putney & Wandsworth Brass Band
Sam Topp & Ben Knight
Wednesday evenings at Granard School in Putney, SW15 6XA
Martyn Stogden - 020 8366 0657
If you live in the Putney and Wandsworth area, play a brass instrument and might be interested in joining SW15's famous town band, please get in touch as we are currently recruiting. Putney & Wandsworth Brass Band is a professionally-coached ensemble, rehearsing on Wednesday evenings in SW15. We are part of the unique North London Brass Network, a family of bands in four London Boroughs totalling around 100 players. We equally welcome experienced players, those returning to brass playing after a break and learners of all ages and backgrounds. We teach and develop valuable musical skills and give players opportunity to rehearse and perform at some of London's most prestigious locations and events.
Monday evenings at 7:30 at Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill
To join the orchestra, your playing needs to be of a minimum grade 8 standard for all instruments. You must have relevant experience. We do not currently have any vacancies for woodwind players, but operate a waiting list where appropriate.
Weekend courses in London; annual week-long course at the Edinburgh Festival
Anne-Marie Norman 020 7820 9994
Join us for rewarding weekends of intensive rehearsal of large-scale symphonic repertoire in central London, plus a week-long residential course during the Edinburgh Festival, with professional conductors and string section principals. Each course ends with an open rehearsal/play-through. Players should be grade 8-plus and competent sight-readers.
Wednesdays, 7.30 to 10.00 pm at The Queens Primary School, Cumberland Kew, TW9 3HJ
The Richmond Orchestra is a full-size non-professional orchestra playing 3 main concerts a year in the centre of Richmond; plus a Children's concert with primary school participation; plus other sessions and events including workshops for young soloists and composers, fund raising and events with charity partners. Repertoire chosen to include playable post-19th Century composers (e.g. Pärt, Barber, Shostakovich, Stravinsky) and a good mix of works involving large forces (e.g. Mahler, Elgar, Tchaikovsky) and smaller from the Classical and Baroque.
Wednesdays 7:45pm to 10pm. Raleigh Road United Church, Raleigh Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2DX
Andy Cankett 07985 279917
We are an enthusiastic and exciting new Concert Band (started March 2010) based in Richmond, London. We aim to be of a highest calibre (roughly Grade 8 minimum) and want to recruit musicians who are going to be regular and committed players. The Band currently has a space for a second flute and a bass clarinet player and that we perform regular concerts in and around the area. Please e-mail or call us for an informal discussion.
Mondays 7.15 pm - 9.30 pm, Roding Valley High School, Loughton, Essex
Miles Harwood 02085054329
All standards welcome - no entrance audition so ideal for near beginners and 'rusty' players to improve and gain confidence in a relaxed and friendly orchestra. We hold 3 concerts a year in Loughton and have a varied interesting programme of music.
The Roehampton Orchestra
Wednesday afternoons, 1.30-3.30 in term time, at Roehampton University SW15
We are a friendly amateur orchestra playing a wide variety of repertoire. We are currently seeking players of all instruments.
RAF Uxbridge, Mondays 7.30 to 9.30
Brian Hoare 01753 654113
Karen Sutton 01895-811391 Dave Thompson 01895-464916
Vacancy for an experienced solo/lead flute player. We will also consider other instrumentalists of Grade 6 and above.
Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham
The Sinfonietta gives two concerts each year at Royal Holloway and also performs at venues in London and elsewhere in the UK. Its programme features contemporary music by established and emerging composers and regularly features the music of Royal Holloway composers. Entry by audition.
Robert Max / Levon Parikian
Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham
The Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts each year - two in the Windsor Auditorium at Royal Holloway and one at St. John's, Smith Square in London - and recent tours took them to Germany and Holland. Like the Sinfonietta, outside players can apply to join.
Orlando Jopling / William Carslake / Adrian Brown
4/5 rehearsals held 2 weeks before each concert
Franziska Willers (Hon. Secretary)
Mixture of professional & excellent amateur players plus music college students wanting orchestral experience. 3 concerts per year in Cadogan Hall or St John's Smith Square, plus family concerts in smaller venues. Join us for a concert to try us out. You do not have to sign up to all the concerts in one season. Recent soloists include Alina Ibragimova, Thomas Gould, Lawrence Power, Kristine Balanas, Piers Lane and Benjamin Grosvenor. Complete Mahler cycle starting 2014 and leading up to the orchestra's 150 anniversary in 2023.
Various guest conductors
Rehearsals are held 2-3 weeks before each concert
Dr James Ross
St Barnabas Church Hall, Rushet Lane, St Paul's Cray. Every Thursday 7.30-10 from September - early July.
Dave or Hazel Burnie 020 8850 1170
5 subscription concerts per year, including some joint concerts with Blackheath Choir. We are seeking to recruit more upper strings and brass players.
3 concerts a year, Wednesday evening rehearsals for 2 months prior to each. South Bank (Waterloo)
Ursula Sagar 07903 769221
Very high standard, young and vibrant symphony orchestra comprising semi-professionals, music graduates and skilled amateurs (grade 8+), based in Waterloo. We pride ourselves not only on our highly polished performances but also our extremely friendly ethos. 3 concerts a year, plus an exciting variety of projects and collaborations with top upcoming soloists, new composers and (summer 08) celebrity training sessions for upcoming BBC series 'Maestro' (please apply April 08). New players, particularly strings, welcome on a trial basis - no auditions required.
Orchestra: Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:45 Choir: Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 Burnham Grammar School, Hogfair Lane, Burnham SL1 7HG
Orchestra: Steve Cossins 01494 815255
Choir: Mike Quincey 07500 668812
Well established part of the community for over 70 years. 5 High quality concerts per year (September - May). Orchestra welcomes experienced players, particularly violas, cellos, double basses and trombones. Chorus welcomes all-comers and also offers group singing lessons with specialist vocal tutor.
Play without one
Intensive before concerts
New south London chamber orchestra to concentrate, initially at least, on Eighteenth Century music
Meet Saturday mornings 10.30 to 12.30 in Forest Hill SE23
Richard Jones 02084645920
South East London Folk Orchestra open to all acoustic instruments. All standards welcome. We play folk music from the UK and beyond, learning by ear or from music. We perform at community gigs on a regular basis. £5 per session. Under 16s are free.
Thursdays at 7.30pm in Beckenham. We meet for c.5 rehearsals in a block leading up to concerts, with the occasional weekend rehearsal
Charlotte Wooley (membership)
Formed in April 2012, this new orchestra is ideal for musicians who live in and around the areas of Beckenham, Bromley, Catford, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Elmers End, Forest Hill, Norwood, Penge and Sydenham. Growing fast and welcoming enquiries from all orchestral players.
Tuesdays 1930 to 2130 (term-time) Acacia Intergenerational Centre, Streatham
Friendly group of brass and woodwind players playing at a variety of venues and events during the year
Chatsworth Baptist Church, Chatsworth Way, (Near Tulse Hill) SE27. Friday Mornings, 10.30 to 12.30
No audition are held and retired professionals as well as keen improvers are equally happy! We play Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century music, and give a concert before Xmas and one in the summer. We are a friendly group and would be very pleased to see any new members.
8 to 10pm on Thursdays, at St Matthew's Church, Lilford Road, Camberwell, SE5 9BX
A lively and growing concert band, performing two major concerts a year, and numerous outdoor and charitable events. Entry without audition, though subject to places being available
10 per season at Walker School, Waterfall Road, Southgate, London, N14 7JN. All Wednesdays between 7.30pm and 9.45pm.
Has provided opportunities for people to hear and make music since 1961. The Orchestra welcomes all musicians of Grade 6 or above. Each season is tied in with school terms and culminates in a live concert at different venues around Enfield, often featuring concerti played by guest soloists.
St Paul's Community Centre, Inner Park Road, Wimbledon SW19 6ED on Sunday afternoons during school terms
Julian Hardwick 07887 442489
Now in its 70th season, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra caters for talented young musicians aged 8 to 18 in South-West London and Surrey. We have a Training Orchestra for grades 4-6 and a Main Orchestra for grades 6-8 and perform 3 concerts a year at leading London venues as well as undertaking an annual Tour in July. Auditions in September, January and April.
St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Ellison Road, Streatham, London, SW16 5DE, Every Monday, 8 to 10 pm
Alison Manolopoulos 0208 7711388
Founded in 1973, we are a friendly amateur chamber orchestra playing mostly classical repertoire plus the occasional première. We play 3-4 charity concerts each year, mostly in South London churches. Although there are no formal auditions, the music we play requires Grade 7. New string players are always welcome, please see our website for wind vacancies.
Wednesdays during term time, 19:15 to 21:15
We play a wide range of jazz music - swing, bebop, latin, funk, township and more. If you play an instrument, and can read simple parts, and fancy developing your jazz skills you'd be very welcome to join us. The band usually plays a couple of gigs a year, and is open to all ages.
Tuesday evenings from 7:45 pm until 9:45 pm at St John's School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead
Neil Gilchrist 01372 276949
We are a friendly orchestra and are currently looking for new members to join who are Grade VIII standard or above, and in particular, strings, and trumpets.
Tuesday evenings at Homefield School, Western Road, Sutton 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Nigel Stephens 020 8660 2473
Sue White 0208 644 4055
If you have any orchestral experience please come and try us out on Tuesday evening.
7.45-9.45 on Wednesday at Martin Junior School, Plane Tree Walk, East Finchley N2 9JP
Secretary Katherine Stone 07904 330 335
An enthusiastic and friendly wind orchestra. We welcome new players especially brass, percussion and lower woodwind. We perform three concerts a year.
Tadworth Chamber Orchestra
Wednesdays 8-10 pm. Community Centre, Breech Lane, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, KT20 7SN. Chamber and String Orchestra on alternate weeks.
Sylvia Houghton 020 8337 7302
We are a friendly group and warmly welcome new players especially all strings, horn and oboe. Currently looking for a friendly conductor.
Five Sundays before a concert from 6 to 9 p.m. The London Full Gospel Church Annex, 28-30 West Barnes Lane, Raynes Park, London SW20 0BP
Peter Kaldor 0797 0430 577
A friendly Symphony Orchestra. Gives 3 concerts a year, 1 choral concert and one opera workshop. Concerts are usually at the Landmark Centre Teddington. £50 only a year membership fee because we keep expenses to a minimum. No one gets paid except the leader and some string players on concert days if we need any. We often chose unusual 19c. pieces for our pleasure. We should like to hear from experienced amateur musicians especially from string players.
Mondays 6:15-8:30pm, Tiffin Girls' School, Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5PL
Hugo Fagandini (administrator)
Founded in 2005, the Thames Youth Orchestra offers all orchestral players of Grade 6+ standard a chance to perform rewarding and challenging repertoire, including at prestigious London venues and on tour in Europe. There will occasionally be an informal audition.
St John's Church, New Malden, Kingston, Surrey / Thursdays 8.00-10.00
Fully subscribed Clarinet Choir from Eb to contrabass Meets every Thursday in South West London. Extensive (300+) library. Holds twice yearly Playing Days with invited guest players. See website for more details
John K. Andrews
St. Mary's Church, Rickmansworth, Herts
The Three Rivers Chamber Orchestra is an amateur orchestra of high standard, based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire presenting 2 - 3 concerts a year and having fun sight-reading during the odd repertoire day. We welcome new players, especially strings, brass and percussion. Our short preparation periods ( 3 - 4 weeks before the concert) will be particularly attractive to music students or those who are unable to commit to regular weekly rehearsals.
Thursday, Friday & Friday in two weeks preceding concert, Trinity Church, Harrow
Looking for a few more string players esp. double basses. Grade VIII is the minimum standard. Six concerts plus one or two big choral events a year. Aim for high quality performances with our Musical Director, regular guest conductors and some of the country's finest soloists.
Twickenham Scratch Orchestra
We meet a few times a year. This is for grown-ups and for the fun of spending one evening playing through some music
No performances and no regular commitment. An indicative standard is Grade 5 and above, but we are pretty relaxed. Everybody is welcome - don't worry if you haven't played for ages or have little experience of orchestral playing.
Thursday evenings, Cardboard Citizens, 77A Greenfield Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1EJ, 8 weeks a term, 3 terms a year
Come and join London's most entertaining flute choir!
Daniel Capps + Matthew Wood
19:00 Tuesdays, St. Stephen's Church, Gloucester Road SW7
Founded in 1955, ULSO was established to provide students from the diverse academic backgrounds of the University of London's component colleges with the opportunity to play together. The orchestra seeks to provide students with the unique opportunity to study and perform some of the most challenging symphonic repertoire to the highest standard, catering both for those wishing to continue and develop their performance skills whilst completing degrees in non-musical subjects, as well as attracting members seeking to pursue careers in professional music.
Every Wednesday. 7.15pm - 9.30pm. St Mary's Church, Putney Bridge. SW15 1SN
Three concerts per year
Water City Festival Orchestra in a Weekend
Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14 - first meeting Autumn 2010
Richard Mallett 020 7021 0021
Recruiting amateur musicians including string, wind, brass percussion and other instruments. If you live or work in East London, are 15 years old or over, play to the equivalent of Grade 5 or above then join up NOW! First meeting in Autumn 2010
Thursday evenings, 8pm at Nascot Wood Junior School, Watford.
Cathy Shipman, Secretary 01923 239288
A well established high standard orchestra providing experienced amateurs with an opportunity to make classical music in a friendly environment. We perform 4 concerts a year at Clarendon Muse, our boutique concert hall. New string players of grade 8 standard welcome.
The group meets most Thursdays between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm at St Oswald's Church Hall, Malvern Way, Croxley Green nr Watford
Bob Wallace (via Website)
Tony Hunter 01923 836288
We are an intermediate standard for those returning after a gap in music making or those who are less experienced we have players from grade 3 / 4 upwards. We don't perform as such but we have a gathering at the end of Winter and Summer terms to play through to friends and family
Tuesdays 7.30 - 10 at Haven Green Baptist Church Hall, Haven Green W5
Moira Cyriax, (020) 8997 3540
Ambitious and friendly orchestra based in Ealing who perform 6 concerts and a children's concert per year. Players Grade 8+ welcome. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you play the violin or trombone. Please see our website for further details.
Mondays, St Marys Church, Edith Road, West Kensington, London W14 9BA
Sheila Metcalfe 020 8946 6185
No auditions; Grade 3 upwards welcome. Age 18 to 80+. Music is chosen and arranged to suit the membership. Our main aim is to experience the enjoyment of working at worthwhile music.
some Sundays, at King Solomon Academy, Penfold Street, NW1 6RX
New members welcome, particularly all strings!
Thursdays 7.00-9.00pm at the BIS building, 1 Victoria St, SW1H 0ET
The orchestra provides an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists, particularly in the Civil Service, to rehearse together and perform 3-4 concerts a year to a high standard, often including 'big' orchestral works that are just fantastic to play. We are keen to welcome new members (you don't have to be a Civil Servant, but we'd like more of those too) and are are currently looking for trumpets in particular. Vacancies in other sections vary, but all full sections run a waiting/deps/extras list. No formal auditions are held, but the minimum standard is Grade 7 for Strings and Grade 8+ for wind with admission by trial rehearsal.
Whitton Wind Orchestra
Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road, Whitton, TW2 6JL. Wednesday evenings in term-time, 7 to 9 pm.
Felicity Williams 020 8977 5842
Friendly supportive rehearsal orchestra, welcomes players of all wind instruments from about Grade 4 standard upwards.
Saturdays 10.30-12.30 during school terms, St James' Church Hall, Martin Way, Morden, SM4 4AR
WCO is a newly formed orchestra of adult amateur musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. As a community orchestra we aim to provide the opportunity for all players whether you are a late-starter, re-starter or beginner to make music in a friendly fun environment. The rehearsals are relaxed with an emphasis on fun and enjoying the experience of playing in a group environment. New members are always welcome. We don't hold auditions so just turn up and join in!
Tuesdays: 7.30pm - 10pm at the Holy Trinity Primary School, Effra Road, SW19 8PW.
Concerts 4 per annum. The orchestra is always interested in hearing from good players who are keen to come to rehearsals regularly. If you are interested in becoming a playing member of the WSO please contact our Membership Secretary. String players are always needed esp. violists. There are vacancies for woodwind and Brass occasionally. We are pleased to keep on file contact details of players who would like to be considered and who could deputise at rehearsals for regular members. We currently have vacancies for Trombone and Tuba Players. If you play either instrument to grade 8 standard and would like to find out more about playing with the WSO, please get in touch.
Thursdays 7:45pm - 10pm at Winchmore Hill Methodist Church, Green Lanes N13 4EP
Every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.40pm, Dolphin School, Hurst, near Twyford, Berks
Dedworth Green Baptist Church, 29 Smiths Lane, Windsor SL4 5PE on Thursdays from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m
Elaine Fowkes 01753 859123
A local orchestra for all ages, including children above 9 years old, young people and adults, who meet to learn a wide range of music and perform together in the community. We welcome players of any grade or ability, but the orchestra is designed for those under grade 5.
Thursday evening from 7.45-9.45 at Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill, Loughton
Philip Norman 0208-519 6491
WTW Big Band NEW
Friday evenings (8pm -10.30pm) at Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, Archway, N19 5SP
A friendly community big band with regular gigs in the North London area